AutoCad is great but hopless when it comes to import other formats. I needed to vectorize a metal band logo for a project. Long story short:
1. Open the bitmap image in Inkscape (open source vector editor) and goto path – trace bitmap.
2. Select traces and do object – ungroup
3. Path Break Apart
4. Copy the traced vector path with ctrl+c
5. Open openOffice Draw and paste with ctrl+v. You have to copy this way instead of saving to a common format to avoid great quality loss.
6. Export to Windows Metafile.
7. In AutoCad goto Insert – Metafile. Voila!
Had a few challenges from Grenland Friteater again for their new performance “Lukta av penger”.
I have hacked a old nokia to play “Seiren følger våre faner” very loud. It goes off in the pocket of an old man during a memorial speech to make a really akward situation. Used original speakers but trew out everything else and replaced it with a 9V battery and a microcontroller with Arduini Dumilanove bootloader . Sounds awsome/ful.
Well documented as allways
Test of urn light effect
Used 4 bootles of 8Bar pressurised air to blow wood chips out in the air during a factory explotion at the end of the performance. We were lucky enough to have four 1/2″ electro pneumatic ball valves lying around which saved us a lot of money. Three of the blow tanks are old fire extinguishers (painted black to avoid confusion) and a regular work shop compressor. It was a pain getting rid of all the leaks, but Locktite saved the day 🙂
Air cannons without the blow tube.
Light effect for glass urn
Challenge was simply that they needed a pulsation battery operated pulsation red light. I hacked out the led-plate of a cheap shit LED PAR light. Connected to 24V battery pack and controlled it with an Arduino and a darlington transistor.
No real hack here. Just made some fake dynamite, igniters and timer for a guy making a furtilizer bomb.
Dynamite made of wood and paper.